Katie Donnell

Katie is the Unanet Practice Lead at Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. based in our Huntsville, Alabama office. Her areas of expertise include supporting government contract businesses with a special focus in DCAA-compliant Unanet Time and Expense Tracking, Project Portfolio and Financials. QuickBooks, and Deltek GCS. Katie is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified Unanet Systems Implementer and has completed the Unanet Advanced Project Management training. Katie was one of the first Unanet Certified Implementers and was part of the initial pilot offering to non-Unanet consultants. As part of her certification process, Katie invested over 300-hours of instruction, out of class database development time and testing to obtain her certification. Since certification, Katie has assisted numerous Redstone GCI clients with implementation and post-implementation support services. Katie is frequently called upon by Unanet to join their implementation teams as an external resource and is considered a subject matter expert in the implementation of all Unanet software offerings. In her role with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., Katie not only provides software systems expertise, but also frequently assists clients with preparation and support of DCAA audit activities including SF1408 pre-award accounting system audits, provisional billing rate submission, development of forward pricing rates for proposals, incurred cost submission preparation and development and design of policies and procedures necessary to support an adequate (DCAA-approved) accounting system. Katie serves as the primary point of contact for many small business clients in government cost accounting/compliance and assists monthly with the close of those contractor’s accounting systems and reporting to program management and executives. Her industry experience, software systems expertise and compliance knowledge provides a rare combination of knowledge to clients looking for a consultant to become an integral part of their team. Professional Experience Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., Katie worked in public accounting as well as small to mid-sized government contractors. She has prior operational experience with the many types of software such as Unanet, Deltek GCS, QuickBooks, SpringAhead, Deltek T&E, ADP, Paychex, and QB Payroll. Education Katie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010, where she was President of Beta Alpha Psi (an honor organization for finance and accounting students and professionals). She received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of North Alabama in 2014, graduating Cum Laude. Decades of Consulting, Training and Helping Government Contractors Succeed Redstone GCI offers a variety of services for large and small government contractors including evaluation, education and training, monitoring and DCAA audit preparation. Through our consulting and training programs, government contractors develop and learn to maintain compliance processes that help them succeed by mitigating risk and maximizing profitability. Our consulting team is comprised of senior leaders from government agencies and industry executives creating balance and an informed approach to our client services. Our services span the entire government contract lifecycle from proposal assistance, accounting, audit readiness, purchasing, project controls, contract administration, system implementation through to contract closeout. We specialize in preparing contractors for growth through our deep knowledge of common pitfalls companies face as they progress from small business in CAS, DFARS Business Systems and other common gates to contractor growth. In addition to almost 30 full-time consultants we also maintain a trusted network of independent contractors and other service providers who work with our team on specialized areas like ITAR, facility security, EVMS and other areas.

Recent Posts

The Power of Pay Codes in Unanet

Have you ever considered the power of the Pay Code function in Unanet? Pay Codes are the earnings and leave categories your organization uses to track and classify reported hours on employees’/subcontractors’ timesheets.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Accounting & Billing System, Unanet

GL Budgeting in Unanet

The budgeting process for any company can be a daunting process.  But, like most things, hard work pays off, and establishing a detailed budget is a critical element to ensure a healthy and profitable company.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Accounting & Billing System, Unanet

Additional Unanet Services for Government Contractors

Unanet offers a streamlined platform which works for many small contractors and offers a host of benefits you should consider, including smooth integration and a single platform for most of your financial processes. For all of our current Unanet users and potential Unanet users; the Unanet Practice Group would like to give you a quick view of additional products available within Unanet:

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Unanet

Unanet Year End Considerations Checklist

Looking forward to closing 2018? It can be a daunting task, even when you have a trained team and an armload of checklists. To ensure you are fully prepared to tackle each of the processes you encounter at the end of the year and to start the new year right, we at Redstone GCI wanted to provide a check-list and some links to the Unanet Knowledge Center to help you through the Year-End Process:

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Unanet

Unanet 2015 Partner of The Year: Certified Implementation Consultant

Over the course of 2015, one of our accounting services consultants, Katie Donnell, made four week long trips to Unanet Headquarters in Dulles, VA for training classes to implement and operate Unanet software.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure

Unanet Success Stories

Our partnership with Unanet has benefited a lot of our clients in a multitude of different ways. Not only are our consultants trained and certified to implement the software for our clients, we can also provide a variety of other types of Unanet software support to add value to the software system, accounting environment, and project management. Below are a few examples.

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Topics: Business Systems Review, Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance

DCAA Compliant Software for Small Businesses

A common misconception occurs when the term “DCAA-compliant accounting system” is used to describe a particular brand of accounting software. Sure, some accounting software systems and its components are designed specifically to address compliance with government regulatory requirements. But just because you buy it and use it does not mean you automatically have a compliant accounting system. There are several requirements of the accounting system and its environment that must be in place to ensure DCAA compliance, and there are a multitude of ways to meet these requirements without a significant investment in the purchase, implementation, training, and maintenance of a really expensive accounting system. Small businesses looking forward to bidding on prime, cost-type contracts must maintain DCAA compliance while also being as cost effective as possible to keep indirect rates at a competitive level. There are many options to choose from, and business owners must determine the best fit for their company. Be sure to consider all of the options:

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, DCAA Audit Support